Transparent to Travers, Romansh Possible
It's on to the Aug. 24 Travers Stakes (gr. I) for Darley Stable's Transparent, who finished first in the Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin but was disqualified to fifth July 26 (VIDEO).
Meanwhile, trainer Tom Albertrani did not fully commit Romansh to the Travers but did say he will consider the "Mid-Summer Derby" for the half of the Darley Stable entry who was promoted to victory in the Curlin.
In the 1 1/8-mile event, Transparent, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., moved out on the turn and crossed in front of Proud Strike, who clipped heels, stumbled, and lost all chance.
"We missed out on the money, but he ran great," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "Our team did a great job of getting him ready. Nice horse. It was a great race coming off 112 days. It's a blow, but on the other hand, he's a very nice horse, so we'll point toward the Travers hopefully.
"It was a rider error—(Irad) made a mistake; everybody makes mistakes. It was a matter of inches. If he waits another stride or two and then comes out, he's fine. It was unlucky."
Romansh, who is trained by Albertrani for Darley, stumbled at the start, raced wide on both turns, and led in the stretch before being overtaken by his entrymate, who was subsequently disqualified and placed fifth for interfering with Proud Strike.
Albertrani said he will await the outcomes of the July 27 Jim Dandy (gr. II) at the Spa and the July 28 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park before deciding whether Romansh will compete in the Travers.
"I think he can be at that level," said Albertrani. "We always saw this horse train like a nice horse, and he's still maturing. Even yesterday, it looked like when Transparent came up to him it looked like he almost started to come back a little bit again at him when he saw him. I still think there's a lot of maturing ahead for the horse.
"We'll just see how everything unfolds and if there's any standout in both races," the trainer added. "You never know. We'll definitely look and see how things progress later."
Both Romansh and Transparent are by Bernardini , whom Albertrani trained to victory in the 2006 Travers on behalf of Darley. Bernardini is the sire of the past two Travers winners, Stay Thirsty and Alpha, with the latter having won via dead heat for McLaughlin and Godolphin Racing.
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